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Topic: Peace (03/15/04)
TITLE: PEACE AND NOT PIECES
By Angela Williams
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Any definition of peace usually includes some kind of freedom from noise, anxiety or the ending of war. Daily, international headlines shriek of bombings, coups, invasions and other distresses, usually brought about by man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. Add to these, natural and unnatural disasters and you can easily understand why a psychiatrist is as essential to some as food, clothing and shelter. Peace disappeared when the serpent beguiled Eve.
Jesus’ description of his return in Luke 21:26, includes the phrase “Men’s hearts failing them for fear…” Fear and uncertainty are natural reactions to the absence of peace. The resulting trauma can push people to seek solace in the occult, drugs, illicit relationships and other unsavoury crutches that are used by those who do not know our Savior.
Soon we will celebrate Easter, a reminder of the resurrection of our Lord and the sealing of the new covenant. In his account of the events leading up to the euphemistically named “Good Friday”, John records this promise that the Master made:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (St John 14:27)
As usual, the Lord goes right to the heart of the matter. The implication of the term “my peace”, is that it is of a special kind and this is made even more clear by the fact that it is not “as the world giveth.” This peace is not going to be wrought by treaties, promises or negotiations. These man-made “solutions” bring inevitable heartbreak, heartache or heart failure, resulting in shattered pieces.
The heart, they say, is the seat of the emotions. Fear has a way of driving out rationality and sparking an emotional response – fight or flight. When the heart is at peace, fear has no place. The good thing about the peace that Jesus gives is that it is both accessible and available. It is also free! The only condition is that He has to give it. You have to apply to Him and he will apply the blood to you. He turns down no genuine applications. So how about it? Sign up for the only peace that will not leave you in pieces.